Researching all aspects of ‘community’ - with, by and for communities

Connected Communities was a multi-million pound research programme designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life. It ran from 2009 to 2019. This is now an archive website for the programme and all its projects.

The programme addressed a number of core themes including: health and wellbeing; creative and digital communities; civil society and social innovation; environment and sustainability: heritage; diversity and dissent; participatory arts.

It aimed to achieve: new insights into community and new ways of researching community that put arts and humanities at the heart of research and connect academic and community expertise.

It was an ambitious programme: over 300 awards have so far been made, working with 700 community partners and organisations. All of the projects can be viewed on our Map and further details can be found through the Project pages of this website where you will find clusters of projects centred around the core themes of the programme.

A map of the programme is available here

You can find out more about the programme in our report, Creating Living Knowledge, available here:


Two Leadership Fellows, Keri Facer and George McKay, have been appointed to provide intellectual leadership and develop activities within the Connected Communities Programme, as well as undertaking their own individual research activities relevant to the Programme. In this short podcast they introduce the Connected Communities programme and discuss its significance. You can find out more about their research by going to the CC Team page.

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Connected Communities Festival: Cardiff 2014